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Extreme flooding across the Tennessee Valley

Flooding is being seen across North Alabama right now. Flint River is extremely flooded. It’s steadily flowing and surpassing these tree lines. Right now,...

Flooding is being seen across North Alabama right now.

Flint River is extremely flooded. It’s steadily flowing and surpassing these tree lines.

Right now, the Flint River is sitting at 21.7 feet. That’s very close to the major flood stage which is 22 feet. The river usually sits at 9 feet.

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Fagan Creek behind Huntsville Hospital is normally dry, but the rain has caused a heavy flow of water to run through it.

Guntersville was one of the last areas to get the rainfall. Guntersville Lake usually sits at 19 feet, but right now, it’s at almost 21 feet. If you look at water lines on bridge posts, you can see the water has already gone down.

Hays Nature Preserve is also feeling the impact of the flooding.

Denise Taylor with Hays Nature Preserve said, “I’ve only seen it this high one other time, and the river I don’t think has crested, so Hays Nature Preserve as well as the Flint River Greenway and the Big Cove Greenway are closed and under water right now.”

Roads at the preserve are completely covered and trail signs are peeking out above the water.

“The roadway that goes back toward the river, it’s actually under water, so all of that portion when we receive a lot of rain or upstream, and Tennessee receives a lot of rain. That will become part of the Flint River,” said Taylor.

Hays Nature Preserve will open back up once all the flooding is down and all of the debris is cleaned up.

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